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    • thorgalle
      ScoutScribe
      7 months ago

      So cool. I think the Pillars of Creation are gorgeous, curious what Webb will come up with. Glad they answered the question in the end: how to send a tennis court to space?

      • KapteinB7 months ago

        how to send a tennis court to space?

        I think I first learned about this telescope from a video Tom Scott made back in 2018. There's a quick animation in the video (at about the 6:30 mark) illustrating the folding and unfolding processes, and yeah, it's quite something!

        • thorgalle
          ScoutScribe
          7 months ago

          Thanks for digging that up. Watched it whole, and I’m surprised at how much the content is similar to this article. Even the tennis court analogy!

    • KapteinB7 months ago

      I'm excited about this telescope! But part of me is wondering if maybe it's too ambitious? It's way behind schedule and over budget, and there are still a number of things that could go wrong.

      Fingers crossed that we'll be posting a whole bunch of super interesting astronomy articles to Readup in 2022.

      • sater7 months ago

        In the grand scheme of things, even $10B isn’t that much! It’s about 11 days of Apple revenue, or about as much as the city of San Francisco spends in 10 months.

        • thorgalle
          ScoutScribe
          7 months ago

          Lol. Good to put things in perspective!

      • thorgalle
        ScoutScribe
        7 months ago

        Amen to that! Thanks for this universe-expanding scout.

    • DellwoodBarker7 months ago

      Great Read! Always fun to read about new exploration and the universe.

      This brings to mind a wonderful, inventive book that I recommend:

      The Universe in Your Hand: A Journey Through Space, Time, and Beyond Book by Christophe Galfard

    • EZ19697 months ago

      I am so excited about this project. It’s completely audacious. I can’t wIt to see what images we get.

    • sater7 months ago

      Scientific exploration highlights to me human progress and collaboration. It’s heartwarming in an era of so much news to the contrary.

      • Karenz
        Top reader this weekScribe
        7 months ago

        This is amazing to me. That human minds can conceive of such an instrument is beyond my imagination let alone building it and launching it so far into space. Then there are astronomers who’d know how to use it!! I’m really excited to read about further discoveries into the origins of our universe and what we learn about others.